By Gary Nager

Since our last issue, when we told you about several planned dining options at the Shops at Wiregrass mall, we’re still awaiting the Grand Opening of the new Blue Lagoon Island Lounge & Grill, which now was expected to open by about the time you receive this issue. The place has a great menu of authentic Caribbean cuisine, so check it out!

For more info, visit or call 994-1526.

Meanwhile, the new Ciao Italian Bistro has opened and is offering a fantastic 20-percent-off your entire bill with the coupon in the ad on page 35.

I’ve only had a chance to sample Ciao’s Italian fare once since it replaced Pagelli’s in the mall, but I really enjoyed both the parmesan-and-potato-crusted snapper pictured above (served with great homemade mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus, too) and the rigatoni alla Toscana, which features large tube pasta sautéed with Italian sausage, roasted peppers, onion and tomato sauce, topped with garlic-herb Rondele.

For more info, call 907-2200 or visit

And last, but not least, the planned new Panera Bread at Wiregrass is hiring now to fill the following positions: Bakery Opener, Sandwich Line, Cashier, Food Prep, Dining Room, Dishwasher, Third Shift Baker, Catering Coordinator and Restaurant Managers.

For additional info, apply on-line at

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